Happy Halloween! Tomorrow begins a new month, which as always means another Hive Power Up Day, but in November and April, it also means the beginning of 30 days of blogging craziness. So yes, the time for #HiveBloPoMo (Hive Blog Posting Month) is upon us once again!
Speaking of Power Up Day, a quick aside for those who have noticed and/or asked - yes, I've been mostly absent for the better part of the month, not too long after I'd promised to get the Power Up Day giveaways and such caught up. The quick explanation is that I was first hit with some physical ailments, which were quickly followed by one of the worst depression/anxiety spells I've had in years, with the icing on the yuck cake of realizing that our finances are in worse shape than I thought. Of course lots of big things are coming up that need attention (like oil for the winter, pumping our septic, etc). Long
whiny story short, I've been focusing the little energy I've got on immediate daily things (bringing the youngest to work, shopping, laundry) and trying to get myself back on track again. Apologies to all, and I will do my best to make it up to everyone.
Oh, and I'm also hosting a Halloween themed #HiveChat later today on Twitter, probably in four or five hours from now. I'm not sure exactly sure when I'll be back home (heading out now for a bit), so I'm waiting on the announcement tweet until I know for sure. Keep your eyes on my Twitter (nope, not calling it X) profile for all the details when I have them.
Now, back to the blog posting month stuff (which, no surprise after what I've said, but I'm not sure I'll be actively participating this year) - I've written about this twice-a-year initiative a number of times before (links below), so I'll as usual (aka, most of this is copy/pasted from prior announcements 😜 ) I'll do a quick roundup of what to expect over the next four weeks.
What is HiveBloPoMo
I'm a huge fan of the original NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) that started back in 1999 and after I discovered it in 2007, I took part many times. Then I found the offshoot NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and made the questionable choice to attempt both back in 2014. I'm happy to say that not only was I able to complete both challenges that year, it also gave my blogging a well needed kick in the pants and I've been (somewhat...lol) consistently blogging ever since.
Back on our legacy chain, I decided to create a blockchain version of the blogging challenge, which naturally followed over here on Hive. It runs twice a year in April and November (the traditional PoMo months), and while it's essentially a personal challenge (meaning nothing is being offered for a prize pool), it's a great opportunity to connect with other bloggers and get your blogging skills honed and polished.
Okay, but what exactly is Hive Blog Posting Month?
- Post daily on the Hive Blockchain for the month of November 2023
- Win the amazeballs feeling of having 30 new posts earning crypto on the Hive blockchain!
Yes, it's that simple. And (for me) wicked difficult! 😂
All the links to my previous Hive Blog Posting Month announcement posts with more info
Introducing #StXXmBloPoMo - the first announcement post on our legacy chain, for April 2019.
#StXXmBloPoMo Day One - More thoughts & writing prompts - Also for April 2019
(Skipped November 2019 as I was having health issues)
Introducing Hive Blog Posting Month (aka #HiveBloPoMo)! - The first on Hive, for April 2020
Hive Blog Posting Month (aka HiveBloPoMo) starts November 1st 2020! - for November 2020
NaBloPoMo & HiveBloPoMo (aka Hive Blog Posting Month for April 2021! - for April 2021
Hive Blog Posting Month (aka #HiveBloPoMo) starts November 1st 2021! - for November 2021
Hive Blog Posting Month (aka #HiveBloPoMo) starts April 1st 2022! - for April 2022
Hive Blog Posting Month (aka #HiveBloPoMo) starts November 1st 2022! - for November 2022
Hive Blog Posting Month (aka #HiveBloPoMo) starts April 1st 2023! - for April 2023
Is there a Hive Blog Posting Month community?
Yes, not only is there a HiveBloPoMo Hive account, and a Twitter account, there is also the HiveBloPoMo Community that I created on October 28th, 2021. However to be clear, there's no "rule" or anything about posting to the community - I made it to make it easier to find HiveBloPoMo posts, and to help people participating in the initiative to connect. I'm not actively curating it (yet) or anything like that, so it's a completely optional thing if you want to post and/or crosspost to it.
What should I post about?
Anything you like! But if you're like me, there are times that you just can't pull anything out of your brain, so last November, I finally put together a monthly calendar of daily blogging prompts. There are a bunch of topics that are Hive specific (like #SublimeSunday, #WednesdayWalk, and #MarketFriday), but others that are more general (like #Caturday and #ThrowbackThursday). I've also included some fun and/or thought-provoking "Holidays" that I found on the website Holiday Insights. If you want more information about a specific holiday mentioned on my calendar, you can check out their November Holidays - Daily Calendar National, World Days page, scroll down to the date, and there are clickable links that tell you more about the celebration.
image courtesy of @shadowspub
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Are there any other 30 day challenges for November?
I'm so glad you asked! Yes, this November marks the 16th anniversary of @epodcaster's #NaPodPoMo (National Podcast Post Month) and for the third year in a row, she's hosting it on Hive as well. Be sure to check out her page NaPodPoMo.org for more information, or take a peek at her Hive profile for helpful posts like, NaPodPoMo 101: Getting Started. Oh, and last year she set up a NaPodPoMo Community as well.
Good luck to everyone giving this (or any of the other 30 day challenges) a go! Please feel free to shout out if you have any questions and Happy Hive Blog Posting (and an early happy Hive Power Up Day as well)!
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